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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 5, 2007 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD trivia quiz -- only 3 of the first 20 questions unanswered

16. the eleven?

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Mar 5, 2007 5:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD trivia quiz -- only 3 of the first 20 questions unanswered

We have a winner! The jams coming out of St Stephen (or China Cat Sunflower) are in an 8-beat rhythm that sometimes eases into a 3+3+2 before Phil lays down a regular downbeat on top of which Jerry starts a simple 3-beat motif in sets of four bars (12-beats total). The band coalesces around that before launching into the 11-beat rhythm. When he can hold onto it, Jerry continues the 12-beat motif, shifting one beat against the band each cycle for four cycles until he launches into the 11-beat rhythm with the rest of them.

I think what he's doing by early 1969 is letting one note drop in the melody each cycle, so it's 11-beats long, while shifting the accent one beat each cycle, to keep that rhythm at 12 beats. Or maybe it's the opposite--but the accent does shift one beat each cycle against the 3-beat motif.

The best example I found among commercial releases just now is 3-2-69 (apologies if you don't have the set), but it's fairly well done on 2-28-69 and 2-11-69.

Anyway, thanks for getting it right so I could disgorge this pent-up analysis. Now, doesn't this alone validate Uncle Bobo's claim that they're not the best at what they do, they're the only ones who do what they do?